Ironically, unlike the actress the film arrives with zero expectation… and hence does not disappoint. Second Hand Husband is about a guy who tries to marry of his ex-wife so that he can marry his present girlfriend. The need to get the ‘ex’ married off arises from the fact that most of his money otherwise goes into alimony, which in turn means he can’t marry his lady love. What follows are some hilarious situations.
The high-point of the film are clearly the dialogues and some very interesting characters – especially one played by Vijay Raaj. The actor in fact manages to pull the film up every time he is on screen with his subtle and yet extremely comical part. Ravi Kishan also manages to bring out a smile every time he is on screen. The dialogue writer gets two thumbs up!
Strangely, it is the writing that lets down too. And of course the performances. While the screenplay is lazy the lead actors are pretty uninspiring. Gippy Grewal, though a very well known actor in Punjab, struggles with his Hindi delivery. Geeta Basra is just about ok, not really managing to bring out the sensual appeal she requires for her part. The film almost entirely hence rests on the charming Dharamendra. And while he has a great comic timing, the dubbing in his case too seems to be a rushed up job. Debutante Tina Ahuja fails.
Second Hand Husband is not something that will stay with you. But it manages to deliver some real good laughs while it’s still on. Suppose you really could not be asking more from a film that’s devoid of ambition or expectation. Probably the film could have been far more entertaining in Punjabi than in Hindi.
0.0 – 1.4 : Poor
1.5 – 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 – 2.3: Average
2.4 – 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 – 3.4: Good
3.5 – 5.0: Very Good